On 6th June 1944 156,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy ahead of the biggest operation in military history, the liberation of Europe. On 6th June 2019 we mark 75 years since D-Day and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
With many troops having travelled across the English Channel from the South East coast and Kent having witnessed much of the build up to D Day and the conflict of the war, there are commemorations happening all across the county to mark the beginning of the end of World War II and remember the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives.
This half term is the perfect chance for the kids to step back into the history books and learn of the courage D Day took. Find out about the job of the Paratroopers who had a key role in capturing bridges and key targets. The kids can learn all about the Lancaster Bombers and Spitfire planes used to carry the paratroopers and even make their own fabric parachute to carry a paratrooper to safety. Little learners
Experience the 1940s atmosphere at Dover Castle’s celebrated WWII weekend, with plenty of Blitz spirit and live music. Commemorate the anniversary of D- Day with a theatrical arena show and pay witness to an action-packed battle as the Allied and German Forces strike, with plenty of pyrotechnics and real vintage army vehicles.
Step into the 1940s
Head to the UK’s most famous fighter station and learn all about the individuals who served there. Discover personal artefacts of those who played a pivotal role in the RAF and remember them in the St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance for a peaceful way to pay tribute to all those who gave their lives in WWII.
A peaceful tribute
The Battle of Britain was a pivotal part of WWII as 3000 RAF pilots fought to protect the skies over Southern England. Today the memorial remembers “The Few” who gave their lives and helped inform history. Pay tribute to them and learn all about their sacrifice with a visit to the Memorial and the interactive Scramble experience.
Remember The Few
Once the beloved home of Britain’s war time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, a visit to Chartwell is the perfect way to understand the private life of the man himself. Take a peek into his studio with more than 500 paintings, explore the gardens and see an exhibition packed full of Churchill’s personal possessions that tell the tale of a complex man and an infamous leader.
The life of Winston Churchill
Folkestone Armed Forces Day is a free family day out with recognition of Service Personnel, Veterans and Cadets.
This year include exciting air displays, parachute regiments and memorial aircraft. Veterans will be present on the day and many will engage with the public about their experiences in service. Those attending will have the opportunity to visit the many stands and stalls involved with Armed Forces Day including the Royal British Legion, BLESMA, SSAFA, RAFA, RNLI who also offer a wide range of services and advice to forces personnel.